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There's a recent addition to the art-driven SoWa neighborhood, with a bright new boutique titled December Thieves taking over the space formerly occupied by Maison Decor at 524 Harrison Avenue. This is isn't the first retail endeavor for owner Lana Barakat—she ran a store on Newbury Street for five years when designing her jewelry line Lazuli—but it is a unique model for her, collecting both fashion and household items from her international travels. The store's focus is on emerging artists and brands, many of which are exclusive to December Thieves locally as well as others who employ sustainable production techniques.
In spite of occupying a small space, there are plenty of nooks and crannies around the shop, highlighting leather bags from Collina Strada, all natural soap from Tay Skincare, reclaimed leather goods and unisex wool scarves from Brooklyn, painted wood jewelry from California, Moroccan house slippers, and bracelets from Barcelona-based brand Numero 3. A small children's selection includes handmade dolls and decor that would even find a place in a grown-up abode alongside other brass and ceramic tablewares from Barakat's displays. Her own line Lazuli is also housed within the store, and in the future, she'll release a December Thieves collection of hand-dyed scarves and totes in conjunction with a Lithuanian textile artist. E-commerce is also on the agenda once the boutique's website launches in a few weeks.
· December Thieves [Facebook]